Okay, I was going to entitle this post “On Writing” but didn’t want to piss Stephen King off. This is my second year participating in the NaNoWriMo challenge. For those of you that wonder what that alphabet soup of letters stands for, it’s National Novel Writing Month and it takes place annually in November. Basically, we commit to writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.
Why did I participate this year when the book I wrote last year is still languishing on the shelf, so to speak? When I asked not only my husband but my Angels (at the Clay Hill Farm Angel Reading in October) if I should do it and they said, in a word, “No”?
I don’t know. But here’s something that I do know: as I sat here on November 27, and I typed my 50,000th word….it felt freakin’ fantastic!!!
So now I’m going to borrow one of Oprah’s favorite sayings: “What I know for sure” on the evening that I finished my second NaNoWriMo and my second book (draft):
- Writing flourishes when you have deadlines.
- Writing is prolific when you stop editing yourself and just write.
- Writing gets done when you commit to doing it publicly (to me, NaNoWriMo is sort of the writer’s equivalent of Weight Watchers).
- Writing begets writing. The more I write, the more I write.
I also wonder if the fact that thousands of other writers are taking part in their own personal NaNoWriMo Vision Quest somehow results in a metaphysical momentum (you know, being part of something larger than yourself?) that carries us all forward to reach the finish line.
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Funny, when I commit to NaNoWriMo, I write every day! Otherwise, I still write most days, but not as much to show for it. 🙂
Ahh, I love it all! Writing most certainly gets done when you commit publicly and set yourself goals (how embarrassing if you get questioned on that magnificent story and you never even started it!).
Good job in finishing Alphabet Soup month! Again!
Thank you! Are you a NaNoWriMo as well?
No, I’m not. I’m juggling some things right now so I write as often as I can, but NaNoWriMo would mean I turn even more into an alien from outer space … Sort of.
Sorry that was poor. I write every day but I’m not a committer to NaNoWriMo.
I like #2. Couldn’t agree more, as a work on a new project that I hope to complete in 90 days or so and I’ve committed to writing every day to meet the deadline…..some days are better than others….but at least I’m working on it every day. Love the cover of your book, by the way!
Thanks, Kristen! You’re so right: some days are so better than others, but anything written is better than no writing at all, don’t you think?